WHAT IF YOU COULD FINALLY

So if you are READY to see what is next, build quickly, and reclaim that joy and freedom that you dream of for your business…

you can be just ONE DAY away from seeing your own version of success come to life.




Coaching Sessions that feel like coffee with an old-friend-turned-cheerleader who spills all the
details (and has a college degree in teaching –
so you get everything you need broken down in an understandable way, and nothing else!).

So now, I’ve created the courses that I WISH I had at each stage, whether I was:
  • Learning to take scroll-stopping photos at EVERY wedding/session
  • Starting my business from scratch
  • Growing + scaling my business to what it is today
  • Outsourcing in my business to get my time back

illinois | midwest | worldwide

Let Me Show You How!

You’re closer than you think to running the photography business of your dreams... a business that both provides and thrives! I know it because it was my story…and I’ve helped my students build their dream biz’ as well.

Here’s the truth: Running a photography business is hard. A lot of us go into it because we love taking photos…but we don’t realize how much MORE it takes to actually run a successful, organized, fun business. And suddenly– that business begins to run our calendar and lives instead of giving us the freedom to create the life we want.


                
 










That’s where I come in…because I’ve been there. For the first couple years of my business, google was my new bestie while I tried to learn everything…let’s just say that I don’t recommend that!  (Because who has time to spend 24-7-365 on google and youtube searching for answers in the most overpopulated internet spots!?)

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These sessions are designed for photographers who want to take their photography business to the next level! I offer 2 coaching sessions a month, and book 2-3 couple months out.

2.

Your session is custom designed for what areas you want to grow in. After initial details and booking, I send you a questionnaire that helps you decide and prioritize exactly what areas you want to work on, and helps determine how we will spend our time together. 

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The topic possibilities are endless! We can talk about using your camera, post-processing and editing, work flow, website customization for Showit sites, equipment and gear, posing, lighting, composition- you name it, we can cover it. The session also includes professional head-shots for your portfolio (which also allows you to experience my posing in action).  Full day VIP Coaching also includes a live mini-session, photographing beside me, with a subject that fits your photography passion (couple, senior, or family).

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You will leave with an action plan to move your business or passion forward and practical steps to get there- and access to the exclusive Jill Gum Education facebook for community and ongoing support from others in similar shoes as you!

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Half day Sessions: These are best for photographers who just need a quick look at one area of their business.  These sessions are 2.5 hours, set at a time that works for us both. The investment is $500, and the sessions take place at my home near Springfield, IL.

Not local to Illinois or able to travel? Facetime or skype sessions are available as well- contact me for more info!

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Full Day Sessions: Most photographers are looking for more in-depth help with their business. Full Day sessions are 6 hours long, include a meal, headshots, and a mini-session shooting together.  We can also discuss a plan with 2-4 sessions over the course of 4 months to give you time to work on the action plan we create in between- email me at jill@jillgum.com for details on these options!

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If you are interested in more information or want to book your coaching date, please fill out the contact form below or reach out at jill@jillgum.com.

from Jill Gum Students

Love Notes

"Your shooting in manual class corrected my self-taught mistakes, and after a year of Photo U, I have more confidence than ever with my camera.  My family and friends are indebted to you for teach me to preserve these fleeting moments in our lives. "

Claire

"Jill has a wonderful way of targeting insecurities with equal doses of encouragement and constructive criticism. She took my questions and concerns about my business and gave me tangible, manageable advice in each area. She helped me extract the panicked feeling that had leaked into my "business plan"and see things for what they really were. She helped me build a more simple and consistent brand. She has great ideas, she listens well, and ultimately she made me feel empowered to do the things I've been dreaming about. My website looks better, my communication with clients is more focused and appealing, and most importantly-- I'm excited and not scared by the future of my business!

Morgan

"Jill's workshop really inspired me to dive into my passion of photography. I learned a lot of techniques and tips on using my camera and editing my photos, and the practice photo shoot was extremely helpful (and fun!)- Jill was so helpful and enthusiastic throughout the entire workshop, which made the experience even more amazing!"

Katie

"My mentoring session with Jill was fun, informative, and has already allowed me to see improvement in my photography. She was relaxed, down to earth, and let me direct what areas I needed to spend more time focusing on. Thanks, Jill! 

Cara

"Before I attended Jill's beginner workshop, I always LOVED flipping through her blog and admiring the pictures she took with the "fancy blurry" background and beautiful sunflare. I always thought that those types of photos were impossible for me to take...UNTIL I learned from Jill! Her breakdown of camera settings, posing suggestions, and loads of encouragement has motivated me to delve deeper into my own photography and take my camera off the auto settings!!! And I have been LOVING the results of the confidence JGP's workshop has given me!"

Sarah

"The workshop completely changed the way I look at my camera! I can actually take it off automatic mode and know what I am doing. Jill was so willing to help me with any problems I was having and set up great situations for us to practice our newly learned skills"

Kelsie

"Before I met Jill,  I was obsessed with her work and her Blog! I have been a HUGE fan of hers since I first laid eyes on her talent. When I saw she was teaching, I was ecstatic!!! I have been a photographer for a while now, but I just needed that extra push and knowledge to make it even better! I am so glad I coached with her! She is not only an amazing photographer, but is also a wonderful teacher! She is laid back, easily approachable, and willing to answer anything she can! I would, without a doubt, sign up for any workshops Jill offers! I encourage anyone to do the same! Thank you Jill! You are truly gifted!"

Amber

My coaching session was one of the best investments I have ever made! I learned SO much and received a lot of information! I love having Jill as a mentor and feel I am able to ask her anything! I am excited for more educational opportunities with her!

Tiffany

Claire

"Your Mastering Manual course corrected my self-taught mistakes, and after a year of your Photo University membership, I have more confidence than ever with my camera.  My family and friends are indebted to you my new ability to preserve these fleeting moments in our lives."

"Jill has a wonderful way of targeting insecurities with equal doses of encouragement and constructive criticism. She took my questions and concerns about my business and gave me tangible, manageable advice in each area. She helped me extract the panicked feeling that had leaked into my "business plan"and see things for what they really were. She helped me build a more simple and consistent brand. She has great ideas, she listens well, and ultimately she made me feel empowered to do the things I've been dreaming about. My website looks better, my communication with clients is more focused and appealing, and most importantly-- I'm excited and not scared by the future of my business!"

Morgan

"Jill's workshop really inspired me to dive into my passion of photography. I learned a lot of techniques and tips on using my camera and editing my photos, and the practice photo shoot was extremely helpful (and fun!)- Jill was so helpful and enthusiastic throughout the entire workshop, which made the experience even more amazing!"

Katie

"My mentoring session with Jill was fun, informative, and has already allowed me to see improvement in my photography. She was relaxed, down to earth, and let me direct what areas I needed to spend more time focusing on. Thanks, Jill! 

Cara

"Before I attended Jill's beginner workshop, I always LOVED flipping through her blog and admiring the pictures she took with the "fancy blurry" background and beautiful sunflare. I always thought that those types of photos were impossible for me to take...UNTIL I learned from Jill! Her breakdown of camera settings, posing suggestions, and loads of encouragement has motivated me to delve deeper into my own photography and take my camera off the auto settings!!! And I have been LOVING the results of the confidence JGP's workshop has given me!"

Sarah

"The workshop completely changed the way I look at my camera! I can actually take it off automatic mode and know what I am doing. Jill was so willing to help me with any problems I was having and set up great situations for us to practice our newly learned skills"

Kelsie

"Before I met Jill,  I was obsessed with her work and her Blog! I have been a HUGE fan of hers since I first laid eyes on her talent. When I saw she was teaching, I was ecstatic!!! I have been a photographer for a while now, but I just needed that extra push and knowledge to make it even better! I am so glad I coached with her! She is not only an amazing photographer, but is also a wonderful teacher! She is laid back, easily approachable, and willing to answer anything she can! I would, without a doubt, sign up for any workshops Jill offers! I encourage anyone to do the same! Thank you Jill! You are truly gifted!"

Amber

My coaching session was one of the best investments I have ever made! I learned SO much and received a lot of information! I love having Jill as a mentor and feel I am able to ask her anything! I am excited for more educational opportunities with her!

Tiffany

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